Linking Literacy & Learning: Research, Reflection, and Practice
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Linking Literacy & Learning: Research, Reflection, and Practice
An exploration of the connections between research, learning theory, practice and the various constructs of literacy.
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What a Makerspace Can Mean for the Writing Classroom—via  Educator Innovator

What a Makerspace Can Mean for the Writing Classroom—via  Educator Innovator | Linking Literacy & Learning: Research, Reflection, and Practice | Scoop.it

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Two New Useful Resources On Teaching Writing – And An Old One

Two New Useful Resources On Teaching Writing – And An Old One | Linking Literacy & Learning: Research, Reflection, and Practice | Scoop.it
This week, two new useful resources on teaching writing became available, and I learned about one that had been around before – but I just didn’t know it…
The first new piece is an excellent article titled This Is How To Improve Your Writing: 7 Easy Expert Secrets from Barking Up The Wrong Tree. It’s very accessible, and I think would be great to have students read and respond to it – either all at once or in sections over a series of days.

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7 edtech tools to develop your students writing skills - Instructional Tech Talk

7 edtech tools to develop your students writing skills - Instructional Tech Talk | Linking Literacy & Learning: Research, Reflection, and Practice | Scoop.it

"Websites, apps, interactive whiteboards, systems and devices… teaching students the art of writing in the 21st century is vastly different today than just a few years ago. It requires not only an understanding of the parts of speech and composition, but also insights into which technology will also be most effective  ..."

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Julia Hoffman's curator insight, January 25, 2015 10:47 PM

These 7 sights may not be new to you but this is a great place for them to sit as a reminder. The only one that would not be applicable within our district would be the Microsoft site (since we are Google only).

Stephania Savva, Ph.D's curator insight, January 26, 2015 2:33 PM

If you are puzzled on how to help your student with writing, here are some great online tools you can use.

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Shanahan on Literacy: Handwriting in the Time of Common Core

Shanahan on Literacy: Handwriting in the Time of Common Core | Linking Literacy & Learning: Research, Reflection, and Practice | Scoop.it

My father, who had no more than an eighth grade education, wrote in a beautiful Palmer hand. His one-room schoolhouse education did not promise to take him far, but it did allow him to place words on paper in an elegant and readable manner. And, this skill had practical utility beyond its aesthetic beauty, since he worked for many years as a bookkeeper.  But the public value of handwriting has diminished during the ensuing century. In fact, the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) don’t even mention handwriting, cursive, or manuscript printing. Nevertheless, It is evident that the standards writers expect kids to learn some form of these—since the standards explicitly call for students to engage in written composition; and this would be hard to do if one had no way of getting words on paper.


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Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, September 22, 2014 12:00 PM

This is a nice short article with a concise summary at the end. It does not diminish keyboarding and leaves it open that handwriting, in its many forms, is an important skill which enables other skills. It does not mean we won't use digital technologies in writing, but we can include many forms of writing.

 

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31 Most Invaluable Pieces Of Writing Advice From Famous Authors

31 Most Invaluable Pieces Of Writing Advice From Famous Authors | Linking Literacy & Learning: Research, Reflection, and Practice | Scoop.it
Many avid readers are also avid writers. It only makes sense that someone who loves the beauty of language would want to make a craft of it.

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Lee Hall's curator insight, May 29, 2013 1:43 PM

If you teach writing, you will want to use some of these with your students.

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Sixty second writing tips: reverse-proofing gets rid of the editorial gremlins

Sixty second writing tips: reverse-proofing gets rid of the editorial gremlins | Linking Literacy & Learning: Research, Reflection, and Practice | Scoop.it
Has anybody run into back-masking lately? Those moments during song-fade outs where the sound engineer splices in a voice, backwards, ostensibly containing a message. They date from the halcyon day...
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Make Writing a Daily Ritual in Every Subject by Mary Tedrow

Make Writing a Daily Ritual in Every Subject by Mary Tedrow | Linking Literacy & Learning: Research, Reflection, and Practice | Scoop.it
Students should write every day in every class, says project director Mary Tedrow, who shares some of the techniques she uses to refine a daily writing habit.

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Walter Gassenferth's curator insight, November 20, 2016 3:27 AM

Post very interesting, revealing some aspects that I did not know about writing. For those who speak Portuguese or Spanish, more about continuing education can be read in http://www.quanticaconsultoria.com

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It's Time To Think Differently About Writing In The Classroom

It's Time To Think Differently About Writing In The Classroom | Linking Literacy & Learning: Research, Reflection, and Practice | Scoop.it
It's Time To Think Differently About Writing In The Classroom

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20+ top iPad apps for writers - Daily Genius

20+ top iPad apps for writers - Daily Genius | Linking Literacy & Learning: Research, Reflection, and Practice | Scoop.it
ShareTweet Here’s a terrific list of the best apps for writing on your iPad that is going to be of some great use for students of just about any age. Whether you’re in primary school or attending a university, you need to have a better way to take notes and jot down ideas than your …

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Travel 2 the Caribbean's comment, November 10, 2014 9:38 PM
Great apps - going to download a few now :)
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This Is Your Brain on Writing

This Is Your Brain on Writing | Linking Literacy & Learning: Research, Reflection, and Practice | Scoop.it

For the first time, neuroscientists have used fMRI scanners to track the brain activity of both experienced and novice writers as they sat down — or, in this case, lay down — to turn out a piece of fiction.

 

The researchers, led by Martin Lotze of the University of Greifswald in Germany, observed a broad network of regions in the brain working together as people produced their stories. But there were notable differences between the two groups of subjects. The inner workings of the professionally trained writers in the bunch, the scientists argue, showed some similarities to people who are skilled at other complex actions, like music or sports.


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10 Common Blog Writing Mistakes (Infographic)

10 Common Blog Writing Mistakes (Infographic) | Linking Literacy & Learning: Research, Reflection, and Practice | Scoop.it
Ever wondered what the most common grammar mistakes are that bloggers make? Run-on sentences, punctuation, or maybe use of wrong tenses? This infographic highlights common blog post writing errors and blogging facts.

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Phillip Newsome's curator insight, September 26, 2014 10:11 AM

 92% of companies that attributed the  acquisition of just 1 customer from blog activity posted multiple times per day.  Stay focused on your customers and hire a competent writer to handle this activity.

Christopher Lopez's curator insight, October 7, 2014 12:38 AM

Blogging is very essential to attract customers. It should be flawless.

Helen Stark's curator insight, October 7, 2014 10:17 AM

Cool infographic that will be useful for any blogger.

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Learning cursive writing: Is it worthwhile or a waste of time? - Today.com (blog)

Learning cursive writing: Is it worthwhile or a waste of time? - Today.com (blog) | Linking Literacy & Learning: Research, Reflection, and Practice | Scoop.it
Learning cursive writing: Is it worthwhile or a waste of time?
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Last week, elementary school students returned to the classroom in Archdale, N.C., with a new subject on the mandatory agenda: cursive writing.
Dean J. Fusto's insight:

An often controversial topic with folks taking some tough stances. In essence, all tools (including cursive) have a life cycle. I recall a colleague lamenting the demise of cursive at a recent faculty meeting and attributing this to the increase in technology use amongst students.  I wondered if he felt the same way about heiroglyphics. 

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